My sister and I got into a rather heated debate. I tend to be a bit annoying when it comes to history, since I take it very seriously and like to have my facts straight.
The little one said to me, "Victorian France was cooler than Victorian England."
She's fourteen, and just loves to rritate the hell out of me. She loves steampunk, but if she wante to irk me, she'll play any card that she can.
I was quick to point out that Queen Victoria, whose name the adjective "Victorian" comes from, obviously, was only the queen of England. Therefore, there could not have possibly been a Victorian France. I asked her to please address the time period as "turn-of-the-century" when talking about other countries.
She, in turn, was quick to point out that Josephine Sawyer is from Ireland. -grin- She never misses anything, that little bugger.
And so the question arose.
Is it still steampunk if it's not England-based? Ireland? Scotland? Wales? France, even? I think so. What do you think?